Healthcare

The Senate’s BCRA Repeal Plan Was Shot Down Last Night

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Senate GOP's "repeal and replace" plan, otherwise known as the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA), was shot down late last night after some people who are reading this were probably already asleep.

And the vote wasn't even close. Nine Republcians crossed over and voted against the BCRA for their own reasons.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act went down, 43-57, with nine Republicans voting no: Susan Collins (Maine), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rand Paul (Ky.)

But the GOP’s hopes of passing some bill ― any bill ― were alive and well Tuesday night, with a scaled-down version of repeal looking increasingly in good shape after leadership revealed their plan earlier in the day of passing a “skinny repeal” if lawmakers agreed to open debate.

If BCRA is truly dead, then actually attempting to replace Obamacare with something is probably dead as well. What we're increasingly left with is simply repeal with no replacement. Not even a shitty replacement. None at all.

It's not entirely clear what the Senate will vote on next, but it appears they will vote on a full repeal bill that originally passed in 2015. Assuming that fails, we know the last vote they take will be for the so-called "Skinny Repeal" that eliminates Obamacare mandates and the medical device tax.

If they pass Diet Repeal, they can use it to craft something else alongside House Republicans, but the final version of whatever the congressional conference develops will still have to pass through both chambers.

This is far from over.

  • mnpollio

    This will never be over so long as these clowns remain in office. They will keep coming at this thing from different ways in order to destroy the ACA to give some kind of win to Das Trump and/or the Tea Party psychopaths.

  • muselet

    If “skinny repeal”—or anything else—passes in the Senate, the whole mess goes to conference.

    I have confidence that the House Rs will muck up the conference bill sufficiently to make the BCRA look like a rational proposal. I do not, however, have confidence that enough Senate Rs will resist Mitch McConnell’s threats/cajoling/bribery/steely glare (delete according to taste) and vote against the final, almost certainly mad, bill.

    This is far from over, indeed.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    The latest line is “trust the free market”. Which is a ridiculous thing to say when you are talking about healthcare. You cannot ‘shop’ for healthcare. It isn’t like buying fresh fruit at the grocery store. Your life or the life of your loved one may be on the line. You are a captive consumer. And you are dealing with highly complex , highly expensive and technical medical issues that most all ordinary consumers have no expertise in. “Trust the free market” is really just another way of saying that you think that access to healthcare should be rationed on the basis of wealth and income. And no other factors. We’ve seen what the “free market” does. And it is a system of rationing of healthcare based on wealth. It isn’t good for the individual. It isn’t even good for the economy. It burdens the lives and the finances of your average American to the point that it is a drag on the economy. It also isn’t good just from a public health stand point like controlling the spread of disease or infant mortality rates. And someone who went to Harvard Law should be able to figure that one out.

    • Nefercat

      “You cannot ‘shop’ for healthcare. It isn’t like buying fresh fruit at the grocery store. Your life or the life of your loved one may be on the line. You are a captive consumer. And you are dealing with highly complex , highly expensive and technical medical issues that most all ordinary consumers have no expertise in.”
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      Thousands and thousands of upvotes for this. Also, there is absolutely no way to comparison shop prices even if you are not bleeding out at the side of the road.

      • Badgerite

        Seems to me the Mooch is just trying to repackage the Paul Ryan line about how this will give Americans a “choice.” What “choice” do you have with a pre-existing condition? Or with a life threatening illness like cancer and life time caps on treatment costs that are exhausted after a year? That isn’t “choice.” Any more than it is a free market. It is rationing of healthcare based on wealth or the lack of wealth.
        Thanks for the up vote.

        • With my pre-existing conditions, they can charge me whatever they want and completely price it out of my range so how is that a choice?

          • Badgerite

            Well, exactly. It is a rationed health care system. They use the insurance companies as the middle man to do the rationing but the rationing is based on income. How much money you have or do not have. And In my opinion, that is no way to run a healthcare system. Or a society for that matter. I hope they don’t succeed at this because there will be a lot of people harmed if they do.

          • There are certain services the government can and should provide because the inclusion of the profit motive is not only dangerous but reduces the ability to provide effective, efficient and fair service –the criminal justice system, education and, most importantly, healthcare. Why conservatives can’t get this through their thick skulls is beyond me.

          • Badgerite

            Excellent comment. That is it exactly. If we, as a society, didn’t need government. We wouldn’t have government. We have it precisely because it is needed.

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    • Username1016

      We HAD market-based insurance. And surprise, surprise, it meant anyone who was likely to be at all expensive was cut out of the system entirely. Which kind of obviates the point of insurance, unless you think the point of insurance is for insurance companies to make money. It is SO disingenuous to keep proposing market-based insurance like it’s a new idea that’s never been tried before!

    • nikto

      Well said. Single-Payer should be the battle-cry on every Democrat and Progressive’s lips.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    “Skinny repeal” looks to me like a convenient way to get rid of the unpopular portions of the ACA – you know, the things that actually make it work.

    So then the whole thing inevitably collapses.

    Who could have known that would happen??? Who knew health care was so complicated??!?!??!?

    The collapse of the ACA is blamed on the Democrats. The Republicans use this to show they were right all along that the ACA was unsustainable. All the resultant damage is laid at their feet.

    Meanwhile the Republicans take a victory lap for getting rid of the mandate and a tax or two, and their supporters see no conflict between the two positions.

    • Nefercat

      “get rid of the unpopular portions of the ACA – you know, the things that actually make it work.”
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      Yes, the greedy morons of the Party of Personal Responsibility strike again.